A Wisconsin elementary school may once again serve as the venue for a local gun club’s annual gun show, drawing the ire of some locals in the wake of the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The Indianhead Rifle & Pistol Club has hosted the two-day event at Spooner Elementary School for the past 20 years, according to the Spooner Advocate.
The move has sparked outrage by some on Facebook after the recent massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Defending Indianhead Rifle & Pistol Club’s plan to host its gun show at Spooner Elementary, school board member Willie Kauffman said the annual event is a community gathering that benefits students through the club’s payment to the school, which has previously amounted to around $1,000, the Spooner Advocate reports.
Wisconsin state law prohibits firearms within 1,000 feet of a school, but makes an exception for gun shows organized by licensed dealers and manufacturers. Similar exceptions and legal loopholes that allow unlicensed dealers to sell firearms without running the background checks on buyers that are required of licensed dealers have allowed gun shows to thrive, prompting recent calls for reform.